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'City Press' editor stands by Zuma poison plot story

The paper said Nompumelelo Ntuli-Zuma confessed to knowing about a plot to use her to access Jacob Zuma.

FILE: President Jacob Zuma talks with his wife Nompumelelo Ntuli-Zuma. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - City Press Editor Ferial Haffajee says she is standing by the story her paper printed claiming President Jacob Zuma's wife Nompumelelo Ntuli-Zuma has admitted to being part of a plot to poison him.

Ntuli-Zuma's lawyers say the story is not true and say they're considering suing the paper for making defamatory claims.

The paper said yesterday that she'd confessed to knowing about a plot to use her to access Zuma.

But her attorney Ulrich Roux says the story is not true.

"There are no credible sources named, it raises the question why the newspaper would not rely on these sources and name them if they are confident that the information provided is accurate and correct."

Roux say the story is a fabrication and is defamatory.

"She is certainly considering all her various options. If we find that they are guilty of having reported negligently and recklessly then we will advise our client accordingly."

The City Press reported that it had well-placed sources indicating she would soon be charged with conspiracy to commit murder.

Ntuli-Zuma was apparently banned from the Nkandla homestead earlier this year following claims of a plot to poison the president.

It's alledged a docket was opened with the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) with sources saying Ntuli-Zuma made a statement to investigators.

The City Press reported that while sources in the NPA said top bosses are aware of the matter, spokesperson Vuyo Mfaku denied this.

An investigation is now underway to find out whether NPA staff leaked information about the probe.

Ntuli-Zuma was first suspected when the president became ill in June 2014.

Zuma was told that he had been poisoned by more than one doctor during his trip to the US in August last year.